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Great album, bad mixing / mastering?
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Great album, bad mixing / mastering?

What electronic albums do like/love but feel the mixing and/or mastering left something to be desired and why?
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Probably not electronic in the sense you mean, but anything by Prince from the 80s.
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Originally Posted by basehead617 View Post
Probably not electronic in the sense you mean, but anything by Prince from the 80s.
Not really what I had in mind as far as electronic but thinking of more current stuff. There are very few nice sounding non-remastered albums from the 80s. Anyway don’t want this to become a list or discussion of old 80s tracks. I already have a thread on that from many years ago.

For me, the last 2 albums from both Orbital and Actress come to mind. The Actress one sounds like a transistor radio run through a cheap distortion VST and the Orbital ones are very bright (among the few albums I have to turn the bass up and the treble way down).
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I know albums of ok music that were made great by incredible music and mastering. Just look at Fridmanns mix of the first MGMT album.
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It is actually pretty hard to separate good production from a good album. There are countless stories of a producer telling a drummer or bassist to thin it out. In these cases, or when a producer mutes out elements, they are directly affecting the composition/arrangement, even when this is in the service of the mix. A good producer will even ask an artist to re-do a verse or chorus, and has a say in structural decisions.

Because in the end there is no absolute division between “music” and “musical sound.” So good production hasn’t just improved the sound, it has actually improved the music.

There is a documentary somewhere on the production of Blood Sugar Sex Magic where this is all very evident. Not electronic music but I imagine my points carry over.
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